Arsene Wenger explains why he tried to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger tried to sign Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger tried to sign Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema for Arsenal (Picture: beIN SPORTS)

Arsene Wenger has explained why he tried to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema while in charge of Arsenal.

French forward Benzema was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners towards the end of Wenger’s 22-year reign in north London.

Benzema was facing competition from Gonzalo Higuain at the Bernabeu but he outlasted the Argentine hero, subsequently establishing himself as one of Real Madrid’s greatest ever players.

The 33-year-old has scored 277 goals for Real Madrid and won four Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles while in the Spanish capital.

Wenger heaped praise on Benzema ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea on Wednesday evening and was asked whether he tried to sign him for Arsenal.

The legendary manager told beIN SPORTS: ‘Yes, because he was in competition with Higuain for a while. It was Higuain for three games, three games for Benzema.

‘He played the game based on passing and connections, so he was an ideal player up front.

Benzema was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal
Benzema was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s a striker who makes people around him better and sometimes you have strikers who score goals but they make players around them worse.

‘He’s not one of them. If you put Benzema in the team, I would want to play with him.’

Working at Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, Wenger is the club’s longest-serving and most successful manager. Under the Frenchman, Arsenal won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

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